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I first came to Boscastle as a child. I liked it then and I love it now. Rugged, beautiful and tranquil.

Although heavily damaged by the 2004 flood, sympathetic rebuilding means it still remains one of the few genuinely unspoilt fishing villages throughout the whole of Cornwall.

Boscastle has much to offer the holidaymaker. A picturesque fishing village dating back to medival times, a wealth of character and selection of fine restaurants, pubs and shops. It's remote and rugged, yet beautiful and welcoming.

It lies at the mouth of two converging rivers; the Jordan and the Valency. The National Trust owns and maintains the harbour area and much of the surrounding countryside, which is widely considered to be an area of outstanding natural beauty. I have to agree.

It's a great base from where to explore the north Cornish coast. The walks along the quiet wooded Valency valley or the cliff top paths with their stunning views and charming waterfalls are amongst some of the best in Europe. Tintagel, of Arthurian legend lies immediately to the south with Port Isaac, Polzeath and Padstow a little further along.

Local Attractions

Boutique shops, cafes, dog friendly pubs and restaurants, museums, King Arthur's Tintagel and the outstanding north Cornish coast.

Here's just a small selection of the numerous things to keep you entertained during your stay in Boscastle.

In and around Boscastle:

  • Museum of Witchcraft - For those of you with ghoulish tendancies

  • Boscastle Visitor Centre - Harbour history and the 2004 flood

  • National Trust Shop and Tea Rooms - Like only the National Trust can

  • The Old Forge Gallery - Local artist

  • Boscastle Old Mill - Labarynth of shops offering various crafts and antiques

  • Harbour Lights Tea Rooms - Great coffee, great location

  • Camelot Pottery - Local potter specialising in Mocha ware

  • Wellington Pub - Dog friendly with choice of bar food or 2 rosette restaurant

  • Napoleon Inn - Up the hill to friendly atmosphere and great food

  • Cobweb Inn - At the centre of Boscastle life

  • Riverside Restaurant - I personally recommend the lobster

Further Afield:

  • Tintagel Castle - King Arthur and the Round Table

  • St Nectan's Glen & Kieve - Mystical location with 60 foot waterfall

  • Eden Project - A must if you haven't been before. If you have, go again

  • St Juliot Church - A favoured place of Thomas Hardy

  • Lanhydrock House and Gardens - The perfect Country House

  • Cheesewring - Unusual rock formation at the heart of Bodmin Moor


Boscastle Harbour

Mouth of Boscastle Harbour

Harbour Lights Cafe

North Cornish Coastal Path

Fishing Boat


Setting Sail